Here are the latest product offerings for the plumbing industry
General Pipe Cleaners Metro power drain cleaner
The Metro power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners has a capacity of 75 feet of 5/8-inch Flexicore wire rope center cable and works in 3- to 6-inch lines. Its narrow profile works in tight places and on stairs and is easier to load into trucks. The Metro features a fold-down handle, stair climbers, truck loading wheel and tough frame on 10-inch heavy-duty wheels for easy transport. Automatic feed moves cable into and out of drains fast and the variable-speed control drives and retracts cable at up to 20 feet per minute. The power cable feed and guide tube combination keeps hands clean and free from the spinning cable. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.
John Guest USA ProLock Male Connectors
ProLock Male Connectors from John Guest USA are available in 3/8-inch CTS by 1/2-inch NPT to 1-inch CTS by 1-inch NPT sizes. The connectors simplify installations and are ideal for under-the-counter filter housings. The body is manufactured from high-quality engineered black thermoplastic, making them UV-resistant. The lead-free fittings are suitable for use with copper, PEX or CPVC pipe and require no tools to make secure, leak-proof connections. 973/808-5600; www.johnguest.com.
Reed Manufacturing Co. cordless power pipe beveler
Cordless power pipe bevelers from Reed Manufacturing Co. deburr and bevel plastic pipe 2 inches and larger in diameter. The lightweight tool creates fast, smooth bevels in the field with ease. Adjustable for bevel length, the RBIT1 router bit evenly cuts a 15-degree external bevel up to 5/8-inch long. The Cordless Power Beveler Kit consists of the beveler attachment powered by a 22,000 rpm, 18-volt cordless die grinder with a 4-amp-hour lithium-ion battery. The included RBIT1 cutting tool is a four-flute, carbide router bit. 800/666-3691; www.reedmfgco.com.
Water Cannon, Inc. - MWBE non-marking pressure washer hose
Durable double-wire stainless-steel-wrapped non-marking pressure washer hose from Water Cannon, Inc. - MWBE has a 4-1 safety factor and has a working pressure of 8,000 psi with burst strength of 32,000 psi. The gray polyurethane cover does not leave marks on the surface. 800/333-9274; www.watercannon.com.
GROHE Tempesta shower system
The GROHE Tempesta shower system is built to withstand the rigors of daily use, making it ideal for families with small children. The system includes an exposed thermostat with SafeStop to help prevent scalding, an Aquadimmer volume control diverter for easy switching between overhead and hand shower, and an adjustable-height holder to suit all size users. The sleek, minimalist design lines are protected by StarLight, which provides long-lasting sheen and protection against scratching and stains. 800/444-7643; www.grohe.com.
RIDGID manual hydraulic crimp tool
The RE 60-MLR manual hydraulic crimp tool from RIDGID crimps color-coded lugs and splices up to 600 MCM copper and 350 MC aluminum. Featuring a lightweight, compact and ergonomic design, it includes RapidAdvance technology, which requires only one pump to engage the lug and reduces the total number of pumps to complete the connection. The low handle force reduces hand strain and a built-in pressure relief valve indicates when maximum force is reached and crimping is complete. The tool has 330-degree rotation and slim latching crimp head design for confined panel space use. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.
StoneAge ProDrain PRO-700 drain cleaner
The ProDrain PRO-700 accessory from StoneAge for the AutoBox ABX-PRO tackles drain cleaning jobs. It does not require tethering. If a system becomes unsteady, an integrated circuit dumps the water to ensure operator safety. The protective splash plate is weighted for stability and a hose guide tube directs the tool to ensure precise jetting. 866/795-1586; www.stoneagetools.com.
Moen Incorporated app-driven digital shower
The U by Moen Incorporated is a cloud-based, app-driven digital shower that offers Wi-Fi mobile connectivity and personalization. It features remote activation via smartphone, as well as the ability to pause and stop remotely. It also provides countless customization settings directly in the shower or up to 12 personalized presets in the app. 877/663-6776; www.moen.com.
LAARS Heating Systems Co. NeoTherm boiler volume water heater
The Outdoor NeoTherm from LAARS Heating Systems Co. is a direct vent, sealed combustion condensing boiler or volume water heater designed specifically for outdoor installations. It includes an ASME stainless steel exchanger, direct spark ignition system, low NOx emissions and modulation with a 5-1 turndown, and can reach thermal efficiencies as high as 97 percent. The Laars Integrated Control System is standard, and includes a large, color touch screen. The PID control integrates with building automation systems and can become part of multiple boiler sequencing, including a cascading feature that rotates load for up to eight NeoTherms. The units are natural gas or propane-fired, and come in eight sizes ranging from 150 to 850 MBH. 800/900-9276; www.laars.com.
The Mill-Rose Co.’s Blue Monster Microbubble leak detector
The Blue Monster Microbubble leak detector from Clean-Fit Products, a division of The Mill-Rose Co., is designed for testing pressures less than 1 psi or greater. The non-freezing formula works from -10 to 215 degrees F, making it ideal for identifying leaks in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It is also effective on natural gas, propane, butane, air, nitrogen, chlorine, CO2 and most other gases and will not cause corrosion or deterioration of metal or plastic piping systems. It provides leak detection up to 10 minutes after application and is available in 16- and 32-ounce spray bottles and an 8-ounce container with an application dauber. 800/321-3598; www.cleanfit.com.